Do I need to hire a professional to install my above ground pool?

You can certainly install your above ground pool yourself. However, there are several advantages to having a professional do the job. A professional above ground pool installer will have the equipment, the crew, and the experience to install your pool quickly and can deal with any unique challenges that may come up. They can also speed you through the process of acquiring permits and build the above ground pool to follow local installation regulations and codes. If you install the pool yourself, it will typically take several days. Barring any weather delays or challenging installation, your pool professional can install your pool in one day in most cases.

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Highland Above Ground Pool – Castlebay

Is a round above ground pool a better deal than an oval above ground pool?

When deciding between a round above ground pool and an oval above ground pool, you will want to consider how large your yard is and how big of a pool you want. Typically, the best value is a round pool because they have less parts and are easier to install. However, oval pools are especially great for narrow yards. A 24 ft round pool and a 15 ft X 30 ft oval hold about the same amount of water (15,000 gallons) but the oval pool will cost more and more require more effort to install.

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Highland Above Ground Pool – Stonehaven

How do I decide what size above ground pool I should buy?

Above ground pools range in size from 12′ to 36′ round or 12′ X 24′ to 21′ X 43′ oval. The most common size above ground pool sold is a 24′ round and the second most common is a 27′ round. The best above ground pool for your family is often determined by your budget and space. Be sure to also consider the size of your family, how often the pool will be used and how you want to use it. Note that it is easier to keep the chemistry balanced on a larger pool with low chemical demand than a smaller pool with great chemical demand.

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Highland Above Ground Pool - Castle Bay

Highland Above Ground Pool – Castle Bay



What are the benefits of owning an automatic safety cover?

Savings and safety are the two primary reasons to have an automatic pool cover.

An automatic cover can help save on your annual pool heating bill. It can also prevent up to 93% of water evaporation as well as reducing your chemical bills by half. It will also save you from the cost of having to add water to your pool each month.

Our super strong construction also protects children, pets, and stray animals from accidental intrusion. Our cover can withstand thousands of pounds of direct pressure. Our covers feature a tamper-proof design — once the cover locks into place, it cannot be opened without the touch pad. Our covers meet or exceed safety cover performance standards as set forth in ASTM F 1349-91.

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Automatic Safety Cover

What factors should I consider when buying a spa?

Like shopping for a new car, the best spa for you is the one that fits both your budget and your needs. Some questions to consider are – how many people you want to fit into the spa, how often the spa will be used, the life span of the spa, and the operating costs. You should also research if the motor and pump performance will be sufficient, what is the quality of the structure, and does the spa have insulation and what type of insulation.

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Safety Cover Installation Tip: Follow the Grid

Whether covering a standard rectangle or a more complicated freeform pool, all safety covers are made in a perpendicular grid with straps running across the length and width of the pool.

When installing a freeform safety cover, remember the grid and be sure to keep the straps straight and parallel all the way across the pool from anchor to anchor. Misaligned straps can cause wrinkles, and in some cases tears, in the cover.

A good way to keep the grid perpendicular is to visualize the freeform cover as a rectangle, rather than focusing on the perimeter of the cover (see photo below).

Is it ok to put chlorine tablets in my skimmer instead of using a chlorine feeder?

The answer is yes, many people do just that, but you can get in trouble if you don’t run your pump runs 24 hours a day.  We would not recommend putting tablets in your skimmer if you operate your pool on a timer and you can also get in trouble if the power goes off.

The chlorine tablets are concentrated and they have a very low ph.  When your pump is running, the water going through your skimmer is constantly eroding the tablet, adding chlorine to the water which quickly makes its way through your filter system and into your pool.

If the pump goes off, now that tablet is sitting in just a few gallons of water and the chlorine level rises and ph drops. Now you have a skimmer full of highly chlorinated/acidic water and when it sloshes out of the skimmer and back into the pool with the regular movement of the water in your pool, that caustic water runs right down the face of the wall and can burn your liner as shown in the photos below.  This will damage and permanently discolor your liner. Another thing to consider is whether or not you’re heating the pool. The highly-chlorinated water can lead to copper corrosion on the heater unit.


What are the effects of salt water chlorine generation systems on vinyl pool liners and swimming pools?

What are the effects of salt water chlorine generation systems on vinyl pool liners and swimming pools?

The growing use of pool chlorination by salt water chlorine generation systems has added some serious implications for in-ground pool liners, steel walls and equipment that need to be considered.

Let’s start by making the following statement:  Salt water in the swimming pool, maintained at the recommended concentration and PH, does not constitute any potential for either equipment corrosion or liner deterioration.

However several other important factors need to be considered:

  1. The splash out areas around the pool, where deck, coping and equipment are wetted by salt water, will go through a cycle of wetting and drying, creating much higher concentrations of salt and salt residue, which is much more corrosive and will etch decking and corrode exposed aluminum and metal fittings and deck anchors.  It is recommended that after each use, the areas are flushed with non-saline water.
  2. High levels of chlorine will damage liners and equipment much the same way as high salt concentrations would speed up the corrosion of metal components.  Because chlorine is continually generated in a salt system, unless monitored, it is very easy to have chlorine concentrations well above the recommended levels which will have adverse effects on pool liners.
  3. The prolonged use of solar covers or will allow the chlorine levels to build up to higher than normal levels as the chlorine cannot dissipate or gas off into the air. Auto-covers kept closed for long periods of time create the same build up of chlorine which can damage the cover and the uncoated aluminum components.  This can be more drastic because the condensation that will occur under the cover will coat all areas under the cover and lead to a buildup of salt levels as well.
  4. The continual generation of chlorine does not have the same build up of chloramines as normal chlorination.  The chloramine is what provides the characteristic chlorine smell and consequently, in salt pools this lack of chlorine smell may lead users to assume the chlorine levels are at an acceptable level and not monitor the water chemistry as often as necessary.
  5. Salt Systems are often sold as low maintenance products and the users are not educated properly.  The assumption that these systems require less maintenance applies only to the addition of chemicals.  The water testing and monitoring frequency is the same as for conventional pools and perhaps for many of the reasons mentioned above, even more attention is required as high concentrations of chlorine over even short time duration can and will alter the vinyl and affect other metal pool components.  High chlorine concentrations can also cause a swing with the levels of other stable water components such as PH and total alkalinity.  Both are instrumental in balanced water which is critical for the longevity of pool liners and components.

*The information provided comes from a manufacturer of pool components.

A Safety Cover Can Extend the Life of Your Pool

One of the great benefits for those of you who winterize your pools with a safety cover is that it keeps your pool surface out of the sun and chlorine-free for perhaps six months of the year.  A pool is a big investment, and you want it to last as long as it can.  Properly winterizing and using a safety cover can greatly extend the life of your pool.

A Safety Cover also keeps your swimming pool free of the debris that would otherwise create a mess in an uncovered pool.  Protecting your pool from debris will also save you money on costly seasonal maintenance such as re-painting and re-plastering, and eliminate the need for messy spring clean-ups.

Below is a breakdown of our safety cover materials. You can also click here for more information on safety covers.


What does my in-ground vinyl liner pool warranty cover?

Almost every pool liner warranty in the industry covers the welded seams only and nothing else. The seams, of course, are very important but if they hold for a week, they will most likely hold for seven years. If there is going to be a problem that is covered by your warranty, it will be evident soon after the liner is installed. It is very rare for a seam to fail after the first six months.

What is not covered are all the other things that may happen to your liner such as material defects, print fading, irregularities in printing, damage from pool chemicals, wind and ice damage, rips, tears or holes that can be snagged or punched in the liner.

Even if you do have a legitimate split seam warranty issue, your warranty does not cover installation, freight or the cost of water and chemicals.

Like Dad always said, warranties are designed to limit the manufacturer’s liability, not to benefit the consumer. Pool liner warranties are not any different.




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